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Animal health and nutrition

Like human health, animal health may be threatened by various pathogens (bacteria, viruses, parasites), some of which can also affect human health (zoonoses). ANSES contributes to the prevention and control of the major and emerging animal diseases affecting both farm animals and wildlife, and in doing so participates in the protection of public health.

The Agency assesses the health and nutritional risks of animal feed, the benefits of the products used, the treatment processes and the risks to humans of the consumption of animal-based foodstuffs. Via the French Agency for Veterinary Medicinal Products, ANSES is also the competent French authority for the assessment and management of veterinary medicinal product risks.

Animal protein in pig and poultry feed: separate production to limit risks

Cases of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), also known as mad cow disease, have become extremely rare in Europe. The European Commission thus envisions allowing Member States to relax the regulation that prohibits the use of animal protein in the feed of farmed animals under certain conditions. ANSES received a formal request to assess the risks to animal and human health of reintroducing animal protein in this way. 

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Published on 09/07/2021

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